Arcadis backs drone-based asset management tech start-up

Construction consultancy business Arcadis has signed a deal to collaborate with a tech start-up that provides a drone-based digital asset management service.

A drone pilot wearing a yellow hi-vis vest launches a drone under a concrete bridge Niricson uses drones and robotics for non-invasive monitoring of bridges and other concrete structures (Image courtesy of Niricson)

Niricson, based in Canada, uses robotics, computer vision and acoustic technology combined with AI, to provide predictive asset management and condition assessments.

The service is designed to monitor the condition of bridges and other concrete infrastructure.

The company launched in 2020 through the ‘Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator’ programme. It aims to identify and develop start-ups focused on transforming the natural and built environment through innovations in urban planning, resiliency, and sustainability.

It has already completed pilot projects in both the US and Australia. The collaboration will allow Arcadis to use the technology for bridge inspections in several key markets, including the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.

Greg Steele, global president of mobility at Arcadis, said: “The use of digital tools and technology forms a core part of our approach at Arcadis, and by working with Niricson we can bring forward an innovative and scalable solution to many asset management challenges worldwide.

“By combining our expertise with Niricson’s predictive analytics platform, we have a non-invasive way to safely inspect and monitor concrete bridge structures and improve performance through targeted maintenance programs. Ultimately, automating inspections will make the maintenance process more efficient, reduce the potential for injury, and result in less disruption to the transport network.”

Harsh Rathod, CEO of Niricson, added: “By maximizing the potential of robotics, computer vision, and acoustic technology combined with machine learning, we have created a solution with a myriad of applications across an array of industries.

“I’m excited to work with Arcadis to continue growing the business and bringing smart solutions to asset owners and managers worldwide.”

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